Catholic University of America Alumni Average Salary

Catholic University of America is a Roman Catholic school located in Washington, Washington DC with around 4,000 undergraduates. Alumni report earning excellent value for their tuition dollars; the school ranks in the top 26 percent of universities by return on investment. This snapshot results from replies to PayScale's salary survey.

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Catholic University of America Alumni

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National Salary Data 
Design Architect
7 salaries
Architectural Designer
4 salaries
Associate Attorney
3 salaries
Mental Health Counselor
2 salaries
Assistant Nursing Manager
2 salaries
Project Engineer
2 salaries
Business Development Director
2 salaries
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 1 Aug 2015 | Individuals Reporting: 132
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About This School

620 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20064


Private School, Research University, Religious

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Graduates of CUA go into the health care industry, the education industry, and IT services, not to mention a variety of other lines of work. The most popular career sector among alumni is the architectural services industry. On the other end of the spectrum is the health care services industry, which attracts less than two percent of CUA alumni. Graduates of CUA earn $73K on average.


The most lucrative professionals among CUA alumni are Business Development Directors; they earn a median annual salary of $148K. Also approaching the top of the pay scale at around $80K and $74K, respectively, are Associate Attorneys and Design Architects. Sitting at the bottom of the pay scale are Architectural Designers who make an average of $38K.


The most popular destination for former CUA students is Washington, DC. CUA grads also flock to Arlington, Va., which is home to salaries significantly above average (median pay is about $103K). On the flipside, the lowest-paying city popular among CUA grads is Rockville, Md. (median compensation is approximately $53K). Graduates also relocate to New York, N.Y. and Baltimore, Md.

Degree Major

A law degree leads to the highest pay for CUA grads ($125K on average per year). Those holding a master's in social work are less fortunate in terms of earnings, bringing in around $42K on average per year.


Knowledge of Financial Analysis seems to be related to bigger paychecks; in fact, skilled alumni bring in salaries that are 25 percent more than their former classmates' salaries ($91K). Many former CUA students are familiar with Project Management, and close to one-fifth of grads move on to positions where this experience is utilized. Demonstrated ability in AutoCAD, Microsoft Office, and Design rank among leading skills as well.

Benefits and Perks

Just under half of the survey participants report receiving paid vacation days, but just one in three grads are paid for sick leave. Most graduates participate in a 401(k) retirement savings plan. A large number of grads receive health insurance, and a strong majority of survey participants get dental coverage. Catholic University of America alumni are also on the receiving end of life insurance, a casual working environment, tuition reimbursement, and a company-subsidized cell phone.

Related Schools

Boston College grads report the most similar salaries to CUA alums, earning $72K on average. Howard University, Lehigh University, and Teachers College at Columbia University are also similar to CUA.

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Test Scores

Academics 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Scores*
* SAT writing score is not included.
1010 1220
ACT Scores 22 27

Key Stats for Catholic University of America


53 %
47 %
$38,605 - $94,460
$40,951 - $110,669
Less than 1 year
1-4 years
5-9 years
10-19 years
20 years or more

Job Satisfaction

Highly satisfied
Rated 4 out of 5
based on 32 votes.
$45,000 - $115,000
$34,622 - $114,882
$80,556 - $149,000
$46,500 - $120,000

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